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Spyware detector

Find and remove viruses and spyware with this program.

Prevx offers to clean up your computer by tracking down harmful viruses, spyware, and more. While the program looked to be a winner, it was impossible to know because of its substantial trial limitations.

Prevx impressed us immediately with its professional interface, which features a small collection of commands. We never visited the Help file because navigation felt intuitive at every step of the way. We successfully scanned our computer for corruptions with a single button. When the scan finished, Prevx listed each issue, where and what it was--we found only spyware--and the level of threat it posed. Another aspect we enjoyed was its pop-up feature, which opens a small warning window when something questionable is on the verge of being downloaded or viewed. We were pleased with the ease and readability of Prevx--until we tried to rid our computer of the offenses it identified. We were then told we'd need to purchase a license to clean up our infections, and therefore we can't say how quickly or effectively it did this duty. We appreciated its layout and scanning, but we were unable to get the full picture of its effectiveness.

Prevx claims to offer free detection and adware/MBR rootkit removal during its trial period. We can't confirm this since we only encountered spyware. While Prevx looked great and started off even better, we can't recommend it since we're not sure how well it does what it claims to do, which is clean computers.

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